Mt. Stromlo Public Astronomy Night Online

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite you to (virtually) attend our public observing nights of 2020. Come and see the craters of the moon, planets, and beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and telescope observations.

The talk was streamed on Facebook Live. You can watch a recording of the talk here on our Facebook page (see the 'Public Astronomy Nights' playlist). 

In the event of cloudy/bad weather, stargazing will be cancelled (the talks will occur regardless of the weather). You can check out the weather at Mt Stromlo using our all sky camera. We will also post updates on our Facebook page.

If you like what we do and would like to support our public programs, you can donate online.


Alex Wallace: "How to See Pieces of Halley's Comet Next Week"

Over the next few weeks, Earth will be passing through a debris field left by the most famous comet of all. This debris will fall to our planet as bright streaks of light called a meteor shower. In this talk Alex will explain how this occurs and how to see it from the comfort of your backyard.

Bio: Alex Wallace completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Philosophy in high energy astrophysics at the University of Adelaide. He is now in his final year of a PhD at Mount Stromlo working on the detection of young planets in other solar systems (known as exoplanets) through direct imaging.


Dr Katie Grasha: "The Hubble Space Telescope Celebrates 30 Fantastic Years!"

April 25, 2020 marks 30 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit around the Earth. Join us as we celebrate the challenges and accomplishments of this amazing space-based observatory and be awe-struck by the images Hubble has captured of our Universe.

Bio: Dr. Katie Grasha is an observational astronomer at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the ANU. She uses high-resolution images of star clusters to study how star formation is organised in local galaxies using the Hubble Space Telescope.



2020 Dates: 1 May (online), 29 May (online), 26 June (online), 17 July (online), 21 August (hopefully in person, TBA), 25 September (hopefully in person, TBA).